MEPs jeer as German EU chief GOADS Macron with brutal election swipe in Parliament speech

MEPs jeer as Weber goads Macron with brutal election swipe

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The French President was in the Strasbourg chambers to present his government’s plan for France’s Presidency of the EU Council. After his speech, Mr Macron took questions from MEPs and group leaders in the EU Parliament.

EPP leader Manfred Weber took the opportunity to take a swipe at the French leader, calling on French people to vote for a pro-European female candidate at the April presidential elections in France.

Alluding to right-wing candidate Valerie Pecresse, he said: “Maybe the French voters will make gender balance a reality and vote for the first time for a French female pro-European candidate.

“So, that is allowed, as a party politician, if I may say, Mr President.”

As MEPs in the chamber jeered at the provocation, he laughed: “Yeah, yeah, yeah…”

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Mr Macron also appeared amused by the joke as he smile through his face mask.

The French leader is losing ground against Valerie Pecresse, should the two presidential candidates face each other in the second round of the election.

The conservative right-wing politician is expected to tie with Mr Macron in a second round of the 2022 presidential election, according to a poll by Elabe conducted for BFM TV and L’Express last week.

The poll put Mr Macron in the lead in the first round of voting, albeit down three percentage points from before at 23 percent, though above 17 percent each for Pecresse and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Behind them, Éric Zemmour stagnates at 13 percent.

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In the second round, Mr Macron does not manage to widen the gap, quite the contrary.

In the event that he has to face Ms Pecresse, the two candidates are given 50-50.

Since the victory of the president of the Ile-de-France region at the LR congress last December, they remain neck and neck.

Against Marine Le Pen, Mr Macron also loses a little more ground.

He would win with 54.5 percent of the votes if the second round were held today, against 45.5 percent for his National Rally rival.

The two candidates have never been so close.

Mr Macron won in 2017 with 66.1 percent of the vote.

The poll was developed with a sample of 1,465 people representative of the French population and selected according to the quota method applied to the following variables: gender, age and profession of the interviewee after stratification by region and category of an urban area.

The survey was carried out online on January, 10 and 11, 2022.

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